50 years later, Black Panthers look back at party's founding

Black Panthers Turn 5 Krou 8

In this photo taken Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, former members of the Black Panther Party laugh and visit outside a museum after an anniversary meeting in Oakland, Calif. In the front row is Billy X. Jennings, center, M. Gayle Asali-Dickson, second from right and Lorene Johnson, right. Hundreds of former Black Panthers from around the world are expected to gather in Oakland, Calif., for a four-day conference that started Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. The Panthers emerged from the gritty city 50 years ago, declaring a new party dedicated to defending African-Americans against police brutality and protecting their rights. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Black Panthers emerged from this gritty Northern California city 50 years ago, declaring to a nation in turmoil a new party dedicated to defending African-Americans against police brutality and protecting the right of a downtrodden people to determine their own future.

  • Written by JANIE HAR, Associated Press

US service member killed by roadside bomb in northern Iraq

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  • Written by ROBERT BURNS, Associated Press LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press

IS attacks Iraq city of Kirkuk, power plant amid Mosul fight

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  • Written by EMAD MATTI, Associated Press ADAM SCHRECK, Associated Press

Survey: More Americans now have access to bank accounts

NEW YORK (AP) — More Americans have access to a checking or savings account, according to a survey released Thursday by federal regulators, a sign that the improving economy is helping lift the nation's poorest households.

  • Written by KEN SWEET, AP Business Writer